Residential Construction - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Case Study (25%) , Invigilated Exam (50%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,131.00
HECS 1,131.00
International 1,381.00

An introduction to domestic construction types, components and practices and an overview of basic constructional materials used in domestic construction. The unit also provides an overview of basic physics theory, and explores how physics relates to building science including examination of the properties of matter, wave motion, heat, light and sound and introduces solar effects on buildings. Fieldwork is a component of this unit.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. analyse the effectiveness of various construction processes used in domestic buildings
  2. evaluate the physical performance of different types of materials used in domestic construction
  3. apply basic physics theory to produce a heat, light and sound performance profile of domestic buildings.
  • Case Study (25%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Reflective Task (25%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • CME110 — Building Technology (A)
  • Broadband access
  • Other special requirement — Provide an email address

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Site Issues / Introduction to Physics
2Site Preparation
3Ground Floors / Sound and Sun on Buildings
4Suspended Floors / Foundations
5Walls / Concrete
6Doors / Bricks
7Windows / Timber
8Roof Structures / Building Stone
9Stairs / Timber Boards, Slabs and Panels
10Roof Finishes / Gypsum
11Finishes / Ceramics
12External Works

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Glossary
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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